Recruiting for Uncle Sam: Citizenship and Military Manpower Policy / Edition 1

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The subject of military recruiting--how people are induced to serve and risk their lives for the nation--is covered in detail. Segal includes such issues as voluntarism vs. conscription, forces-in-being vs. mobilization, social-welfare vs. military readiness, and big wars vs. small. This is an excellent overview of the strategic considerations that underlie the design and manning of forces in the United States.
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Editorial Reviews

Required reading for those involved in the policy debate and decision making.
American Journal of Sociology
Policymakers will find much to debate in Segal's controversial suggestions for the future of the U.S. military.
The subject is covered in minute detail, starting with a comprehensive review of pertinent American history and concluding with a marshaling of arguments on all sides of such issues as voluntarism vs. conscription, forces-in-being vs. mobilization, social-welfare vs. military readiness, and big wars vs. small. Just when you think the author cannot possibly tackle another aspect, he does so with crystal-clear logic, seriousness tempered with gentle humor, and graceful prose.

Most remarkable is his mastery of the strategic considerations which rightly underlie the design and manning of forces. In an area where muddled thinking is not uncommon, this book is a beacon of sound thought.

Military Review
The definitive overview of U.S. military manpower history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700605491
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 4/28/1989
  • Series: Modern War Studies
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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